Three Honored for Service-Learning Projects
Hastings College Vice-President of Student Affairs Dr. Ron Chesbrough and students Anna Mullen ’11 and Megan Worthman ’10 received awards at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education (MCSLHE) held at Doane College in Crete, Neb., on Saturday, October 2. MCSLHE is a regional association composed of 28 colleges and universities in a three state area (Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa).
Ron Chesbrough received the MCSLHE Service Learning Research Award for his mixed methodology research studying why students volunteer and the variables that influence their service including: gender, year in school, and amount of service performed. Ron’s research has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Student Affairs Leader. His publications include an article on “Engaging Men in Service: Lessons from Hastings College” (co-authored with Dr. Daniel Deffenbaugh) in the edited book College Men: Discovering What Works and Why and a forthcoming journal article in the Journal of College Student Development. The Service Learning Research Award honors a faculty/staff member or graduate/undergraduate student who has shown outstanding commitment to the exploration of service-learning through research and the promotion of the scholarship of engagement among his/her colleagues.
Senior Anna Mullen and graduate Megan Worthman (now at seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University) received the MCSLHE Student Commendation in Service-Learning for their leadership in the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week efforts in 2009-2010 campaign on campus. This student group raised awareness of issues around hunger and homelessness that reached approximately 20 percent of the study body. Activities included a Hunger Banquet, an Open Table sack lunch program to feed the hungry locally, a Kids Against Hunger HC Does Weekends event that packaged 30,000 meals for children in Haiti, a Chapel worship service, and advocacy through letter writing to congressional leaders (through Bread for the World). The Student Commendation in Service-Learning award honors an undergraduate or group of undergraduates who showed exceptional leadership, citizenship, and commitment through service-learning; demonstrated innovative and sustained approaches to address an issue in the community; and/or advanced the service-learning infrastructure of their institution.